Master On Campus Online

Public Administration

Northeastern University

12 months
952 USD/credit 38080 USD/year
952 USD/credit 38080 USD/year
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The Master of Public Administration program at Northeastern University is the management and leadership degree for those seeking to serve the public good. 


The Master of Public Administration program at Northeastern University has been forming leaders in the public and nonprofit sectors since 1969. It equips its students with skills in policy analysis, program evaluation, research methods, and written and verbal communications. Students also develop competencies in budgeting and human resources, organizational management and leadership, and the interplay between ethics and accountability in a diverse society.

Throughout the degree program, students gain career-oriented experience through internships, small group projects, and other interactions with professionals in the field. These experiences are designed to enable the Northeastern MPA graduate to move into a wide array of public and nonprofit sector positions at the local, state, national, and international levels. MPA students can add a graduate certificate to their degree to demonstrate specialized training in the nonprofit sector, urban analytics, urban studies, or public policy analysis. Courses taken to complete a certificate also count as MPA elective credits.

Additionally, students can concentrate in healthcare management and policy to equip themselves to better assess and act within today's complicated healthcare sector. Courses in health management, health policy, and an elective comprise the concentration. 

Career Outlook

Our MPA graduates are empowered to make a difference across disciplines and around the world. They leave Northeastern with the theoretical and fundamental understanding needed to transition into their careers and to immediately participate in and contribute to the policy process in their chosen field.

Our graduates go on to careers as town administrators, management analysts, research analysts, and program directors. A recent survey of MPA alumni concluded that 24% of recent graduates are working the nonprofit sector, 38% in the public sector, and 21% in the private sector.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Statistical Analysis
  • Techniques of Policy Analysis
  • Economic Analysis for Policy and Planning
  • Principles of Public Administration
  • Public Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Institutional Leadership and the Public Manager
  • Public Health Administration and Policy
  • Economic Perspectives on Health Policy
  • Health Policy and Politics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Summer 1 and 2 deadline (domestic applicants only): April 15


40 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application
  • Application fee – U.S. $75.00
  • Personal statement
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended
  • English proficiency for international applicants
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resumé
  • Standardized test scores such as the GRE are not required for master's degree applicants to the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. However, such test scores may be helpful for applicants with little or no experience beyond undergraduate school.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    38080 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 952 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    38080 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 952 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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